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Penguins star Kris Letang suffers stroke

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Kris Letang, a star defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins who guided the team to three Stanley Cup championships, suffered a stroke on Monday, the team said. It’s his second one.

The Penguins said the 35-year-old isn’t experiencing any lasting effects from the illness and his “condition is not believed to be career-threatening.”

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang skates during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Nov. 15, 2022.
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“Kris reported symptoms to the training staff on Monday and was immediately taken to the hospital for testing,” general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement. “The test results were shocking to hear, but we are grateful that Kris is doing well. We are thankful to the medical staff and the physicians at UMPC. He is a warrior on the ice, but first and foremost, he is a son, father, husband and friend.  His health is our number one priority.”

Letang suffered a stroke in 2014 that kept him off the ice for about two months. At the time, the team said tests showed he was born with a “very small hole in the wall of his heart.”

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang follows the play during a game against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Nov. 17, 2022.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang follows the play during a game against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Nov. 17, 2022.
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“I am fortunate to know my body well enough to recognize when something isn’t right,” Letang said in a statement. “While it is difficult to navigate this issue publicly, I am hopeful it can raise awareness. It is important for me that my teammates, family and the fans know that I am okay. I am optimistic that I will be back on the ice soon.”

Letang has played for the Penguins since 2007.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang looks on during a game against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, on Nov. 12, 2022.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang looks on during a game against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, on Nov. 12, 2022.
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Since the start of his career, Letang has played in 962 games and scored 145 goals and 517 assists for 662 total points. He has been an All-Star twice and finished third for the Norris Trophy in 2013. Since his first stroke, he has appeared in 543 regular-season games and 69 playoff games.

Pittsburgh said a timetable on Letang’s return will not be made until a medical plan is in place.

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Source: Fox News

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